Do you have a Independence Day Go-To Plan? Or do you like to switch things up each year? Since I didn’t grow up here, I like to check out different festivals each year.
We’ve collected several ideas for celebrating Independence Day as a family. If you know of an event — free or paid — that you’d like to see added, please drop us a line via our contact form. Thanks!
Free Twin Cities Independence Day Activities
6/30/17: Shakopee Happy Birthday America Parade | Lions Park | 10:30am | Popsicles and entertainment to follow.
6/30-7/4: Delano 4th of July Celebration | 559 North River Street | Minnesota’s oldest and largest Fourth of July celebration, includes parade, carnival and fireworks.
7/1-4: Apple Valley Freedom Days | Johnny Cake Park East | Carnival begins 7/1 followed by Music in the Park 7/2, Family Fun Night 7/3 & parade and fireworks 7/4.
7/2-4: Coon Rapids 4th of July | Boulevard Park | Parade, carnival and fireworks
7/2-4: Chanhassen’s 4th of July Celebration | City Center Park | Parade, carnival and fireworks
7/2-4: Richfield 4th of July Celebration | Veterans Memorial Park | Community and family focused events that offer something for everyone — Family Night, car show, street dance, parade, music, and fireworks.
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7/3/17: Bloomington Summer Fete | Normandale Lake Park | 5-10 pm | Carnival, live music and fireworks at dusk.
7/3-4: Eagan July 4th Funfest | Eagan Community Center festival grounds | 10 am- midnight | Parade, carnival, music and fireworks (carnival begins 7/3).
7/4/17: Afton 4th of July Parade and Celebration | Main Street | Noon | Parade, carnival, music in the park, free trolley rides & Selma’s Ice Cream Bike Contest 7/3-7/4.
7/4/17: Maplewood Light it Up | Hazelwood Park | 4pm-10pm | Family Fun activity station with Z Puppets, music, inflatables & fireworks.
7/4/17: Minneapolis Red White & Boom | Downtown Riverfront | 6pm-10pm | Music, movie, family events and fireworks at dusk.
7/4/17: Rosefest Party in the Park | Roseville’s Central Park | 1pm-10pm | Carnival activities, inflatable fun, puppet shows, live music all day and fireworks at 10pm.
7/4/17: St. Louis Park July 4th Fireworks Celebration | Aquila Park | 7-11 pm | Concessions, vendors, live music and more! Fireworks 10pm.
7/4/17: Stillwater 4th of July Fireworks | Lowell Park | Music, cannons and fireworks.
7/4/17: Tangletown 4th of July Picnic and Parade | Fuller Park, Mpls | 10am-1:30pm | Parade begins at Washburn High School and ends at Fuller Park – decorate your bikes, strollers to participate; entertainment, games, prizes, and food.
7/4/17: White Bear Lake Fireworks, Flyover and Music | Memorial Beach | 8pm-11pm | Music, T-6 planes flyover and fireworks.
7/4/17: 4th of July at Langford Park | Saint Paul | 11am-4pm | Picnic, parade, fun run, music, pony rides, speeches, volleyball, horseshoes, tennis, games and more!
7/4/17: Cafesjian’s Carousel Free Day | Como Park, Saint Paul | 11am-4pm | Ride the Como Park Carousel for free today.
7/4/17: 4th of July Fireworks and Movie Night | CHS Field, Saint Paul | 6:30pm | A free Fourth of July Celebration. Space Jam will be played on the big screen at 7:30pm, followed by a fireworks display. Please note, due to the nearby airport, fireworks will only be visible from CHS Field.
7/4/17: Woodbury’s Hometown Celebration | Bielenberg Sports Center | 6pm-10pm | Food vendors open at 6 p.m., Brat Pack Radio plays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m.
7/4/17: Rock and Rockets | Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake | 5pm-10:30pm | Live music, food trucks and fireworks.
7/4/17: Farmer’s Fourth of July | Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River | 10am-5pm | | Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn, visit the spring farm babies, join in 19th-century games such as town ball, and participate in a debate from the front porch.
7/4/17: Independence Day Celebration | Historic Fort Snelling | 10am-5pm | $12/adults; $6/kids over 5 | Celebrate the early 1800s way – witness a mock battle, hear the roar of cannon salutes, watch military dress parades, enjoy military fife and drum music, and try your hand at historic games.
7/4: Fourth of July Fireworks | Mill City Museum, Minneapolis | 10:30 pm • Cost: $35/pp • Enjoy the chance to view the Minneapolis Red, White and Boom Fourth of July fireworks from the museum’s Koch Observation Deck! SOLD OUT.
The Fourth of July is just a warm-up for all the fun family festivals taking place in the Twin Cities throughout the month. Check out our list of them here!